Open InDesign & hit Cmd+N to create a new document
Intent = Print
Uncheck Facing Pages
No. of Pages = 1
Page Size = Custom
Name = Square, Width = 6in, Height = 6in
Column Number = 3, Gutter = 12pt or 1p0
Margin = 24pt or 2p0
Bleed = .125in or 0p9
Hit Cmd+K to access the Preference window and go to the Grids tab.
Color = Light Gray
Start = 0
increment = 6pt
View Threshold = 5%
Units & Increments
Hit Cmd+K to access the Preference window and go to the Units and Increments tab.
Kerning/Tracking = 2/1000em
Go to the Layout Menu and select Ruler Guides and change the color to Red
Go to the Layout Menu and select Create Guides and change the color to Red
Create rulers 3 rows, 12pt gutter, fit guides to Margin
Text Frame Options
Hit T and make a text box
Hit Cmd+B and on the Baseline Option tab set the Offset to Leading
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Research the book One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez and using the square grid we created in class, interpret the title to create 3 compositions:
Convey the idea of “the passing of time.”
Convey the idea of “solitude.”
Convey the idea of “fate”
You must use all of the following text: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Only use Helvetica Bold in upper and lowercase.
Don’t use numerals.
Don’t stretch type.
Don’t duplicate text.
Don’t use transparency or any effects such as stroke or fill.
Keep your text live.
Changing the point size, kerning, tracking, leading is allowed.
Baseline shifts and rotation are also allowed.
You are also allowed to break the text into words and/or into individual letters. Don’t be limited by text-boxes instead, use the margin and baseline grids to your advantage.
Answer the following questions before the beginning of next class:
How did you convey the idea of “the passing of time” in your composition?
How did you convey the idea of “solitude in your composition?
How did you convey the idea of “fate” in your composition?
Print and trim your compositions by the beginning of next class. Be ready talk about your work by reading your answers from the homework.